Be skeptical of TV and police reports

Saturday January 12, 2013

After reading the Jan. 7 letter to the editor entitled "CTSB comment is up to the producers," I thought I would share our experience with the "content" of a police report.

In January of 2010, a local attorney called our home and told my husband that he was on an accident report as a witness. My husband mentioned no accident to me so I asked when it occurred.

I told the attorney that at that time my husband was home from work. I had taken the car and bought groceries for the week. I got my sales slip and told the attorney the date and checkout time to prove what I was telling him. The attorney kept saying, "Oh, you’re good, you’re good." I could see I was getting nowhere with him.

An insurance man called next and I got the police officer’s name from him and called my attorney. He left word for the officer who called back and said, "Can’t we talk later?"

I told him all I wanted was a description of the witness. I got a real short answer: "Thirty-year-old with a wife and kids." I gave a short reply: "My husband is 67 years old."

I tried to talk with the local attorney who called about the accident but his mailbox was full. In spite of phone problems, I think I got my message through to a woman in his office.

So what I am saying is "content" is up to the producers of either a program or a report. Television and police reports are considered to be accurate, but this incident proves that they can be inaccurate sources of information. Listen when someone is telling you that the information is flawed.




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